Hybrids of old and contemporary domestic photographs investigating family and cultural ideals of American living. Creating fictional hybrids I am questioning personal and collective memories linking with idealism of suburbia and family.
East German artist Wiebke Loeper's piece MOLL 31 (1995), she recalls her family living in Plattenbaus, buildings of the former GDR. She juxtaposed family photos taken by her father in the 1970s with her own photographs of the same places in present day. Loeper growing up in a country that no longer exists and the places and scenes of her childhood dissapeared, questions if the ideals and values of that time have disapeared also.
Loeper's work begins to question how far and removed can things reproduce a new memory?
Whitney Museum 1989 Show Suburban Home Life: Tracking the American Dream
A list of artists in exhibition all examining different aspects of suburbia.
I found Eric Fischl's work most intriguing with psychological aspects that come within the nuclear family unit of suburbia.
Artists exploring the autobiography and self-representation from media, social systems, and ethical ideals on self-identity. Artists creating stories of self-representation. I especially found interesting was Boltanski's 1970s fabricated narrative work. Jun Yang's hybrids of his childhood memories of mental and media images that influenced his identity.